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Fujitsu Offers Standard Compatibility between its HOPE/EGMAIN-RX System and "HumanBridge"

Ties between its EMR system and the regional medical network enable cross-referencing of medical information and improved quality

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, March 08, 2012

Fujitsu today announced that HOPE/EGMAIN-RX, its electronic medical record (EMR) system(1), has been upgraded with a new function that enables outpatient clinics to cross-reference medical data with other institutions by utilizing HumanBridge(2) and other regional medical networks. Sales of the new upgraded version of HOPE/EGMAIN-RX in Japan will begin today.

With the added function offered by using HumanBridge, Fujitsu's regional medical network solution, or similar networks, clinics and other medical facilities will be able to cross-reference(3) each others' patient data that each separately maintains.

As a result, the contents of a patient's medical records can be instantly confirmed from any medical institution within a region. This ability will help to avoid unnecessary duplications of diagnostic tests or drug administration. Moreover, it will support the provision of swift and accurate medical services for procedures demanding expediency, such as emergency outpatient procedures.

Background

To provide patients with high-quality healthcare, in recent years there has been a rising need for collaboration to care for patients across regional areas. Though clinics often take on the role of the local residents' primary care physician(4), when they refer patients to a central hospital(5) or a specialized treatment facility, it is often the case that the patient's medical information is not adequately communicated by telephone or email. In addition, for patients admitted to an ER, there are many cases where cross-referencing demands expediency, and smooth, swift, and accurate coordination of clinical data is essential.

To meet these needs, Fujitsu is launching its newly upgraded version of the EMR and medical administration system for outpatient clinics, HOPE/EGMAIN-RX, that is capable of conducting cross referencing. Now, through the use of HumanBridge or other regional medical network, a standard information-sharing feature allows clinics and medical institutions to view the patient data that each separately maintains.

Product Features

1. Sharing a clinic's EMR data with other medical institutions

Upon obtaining consent from the patient to disclose EMR data, information such as order forms, profiles, disease indications, laboratory results, and medication histories can be provided at the request of other medical institutions connected to the regional medical network. By enabling providers to receive a comprehensive grasp of all previous medical examinations and treatments, unnecessary duplication of diagnostic tests or drug administration can be avoided, resulting in more efficient care. In addition, by enabling the provision of EMR data, medical clinics on outlying islands or in sparsely populated areas can collaborate with central hospitals, facilitating the provision of care at a consistently high level of quality.

2. Achieving smooth coordination utilizing HumanBridge

By utilizing HumanBridge, Fujitsu's regional medical network solution, medical institutions can share information in real time. For cases demanding expediency, such as emergency outpatient procedures, it is possible to confirm a patient's examination history more rapidly. Furthermore, when linking HOME/EGMAIN-RX with HumanBridge, there is no need to deploy an additional server for the connection(6), thus enabling systems to be built at a lower cost.

3. Supports SS-MIX-compliant storage technology

Apart from "HumanBridge", Fujitsu has experience in enabling the provision of EMR data between institutions by implementing regional medical networks that use SS-MIX-compliant storage technology(7), and the company aims to contribute to improving the quality of regional healthcare without imposing any system constraints.

4. Strict security measures for sharing patient data

Connections with regional medical networks comply with security standards that conform to the "Guidelines for the Safety of Medical Information Systems" provided by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, for secure sharing of patient information.

5. Environmental contribution from switchover to digitally based operations

Because referral forms and supplemental materials that had been paper-based can now be converted to digital form, it is anticipated that a clinic will be able to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 0.5 tons(8).

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and Availability
Product Name Pricing Availability(9)
HOPE/EGMAIN-RX Varies Depending on System Configuration Immediate

Sales Targets

Deployment at a total of 2,000 clinics by the end of fiscal 2013 (Fujitsu's fiscal year end is March 31).


  • [1] Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system

    Electronic medical record system is limited to outpatient clinics.

  • [2] HumanBridge

    Fujitsu's SaaS-based regional medical network

  • [3] Cross-reference patient data

    The provision of EMR data is predicated on receiving patient consent.

  • [4] Primary care physician

    A physician who routinely performs examinations and consultations for a patient and understands the patient's health status and medical history.

  • [5] Central Hospital

    A hospital that serves as a core center for a regional medical network.

  • [6] No need to deploy an additional server for the connection

    If an EGMAIN-RX server is not part of the configuration, however, an additional server would be required.

  • [7] SS-MIX-compliant storage technology

    Storage technology for storing medical information that is standardized in accordance with the Standardized Structured Medical Record Information eXchange, a project by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to promote the exchange of medical data in digital form.

  • [8] Reduction in C02 Emission Volume by Approximately 0.5 Tons

    Internal calculations using environmental impact evaluation measures for software and services environments developed by Fujitsu Laboratories Limited. Using a calculation in which one 50-year-old cedar tree with a height of 20 to 30m absorbs an average of approximately 14kg of CO2 emissions per year, 0.5 tons is equivalent to 35 cedar trees.

  • [9] Availability

    The currently available HOPE/EGMAIN-RX will now be offered with the new feature as standard.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com

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Date: 08 March, 2012
City: Tokyo
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